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Asphaltene based photovoltaic devices

United States Patent

March 22, 2016
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Photovoltaic devices and methods of making the same, are disclosed herein. The cell comprises a photovoltaic device that comprises a first electrically conductive layer comprising a photo-sensitized electrode; at least one photoelectrochemical layer comprising metal-oxide particles, an electrolyte solution comprising at least one asphaltene fraction, wherein the metal-oxide particles are optionally dispersed in a surfactant; and a second electrically conductive layer comprising a counter-electrode, wherein the second electrically conductive layer comprises one or more conductive elements comprising carbon, graphite, soot, carbon allotropes or any combinations thereof.
Chianelli; Russell R. (El Paso, TX), Castillo; Karina (Edinburg, TX), Gupta; Vipin (Las Cruces, NM), Qudah; Ali M. (El Paso, TX), Torres; Brenda (El Paso, TX), Abujnah; Rajib E. (El Paso, TX)
Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX), Sandia Corporation (Austin, TX)
14/ 262,519
April 25, 2014
STATEMENT OF FEDERALLY FUNDED RESEARCH This invention was made with Government support under contract no. DE-AC04-94AL850000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy to Sandia Corporation. The Government has certain rights in the invention.